Sally Richards Remembered

Friends and fellow long time supporters of the land trust Carolie Evans and Paul Proulx reflect on the life of Sarah (Sally) Richards who passed away on April 3rd, 2011. Together with her late husband Fred, she was a tireless supporter of conservation and land preservation projects in and around Guilford.

Sally and the late Fred Richards on board their boat the Hekla, which they sailed well into their 70's and early 80's
Sally and the late Fred Richards on board their boat the Hekla, which they sailed well into their 70's and early 80's

The Guilford Land Conservation Trust wishes to recognize the passing of Sarah (Sally) Richards on April 3, 2011.  Sally was an extraordinary individual.  A wonderful friend, a hard worker, educated, thoughtful and always there when you needed her.

I first met Sally in the 60’s.  She was leading a walk to discuss salt marshes describing how they function and their importance.   She was standing in her boots in the marsh, her son George who at the most was probably 2 or 3, was standing the marsh behind her.  Sally was scooping up mud, looking for crabs, etc.  All of a sudden, those gathered listening to the lecture, realized George was slowing sinking.  Without missing a beat, Sally turned, picked up George and moved him to higher ground and went on with her talk.   What an amazing presence of mind. [Read more…]

Westwoods Wedding

From left to right Clara Wiesler, Peter Johnson (JP), Ellie Wiesler, Michael Van Zandt, Anna Marie Pyle, Nathan Van, Thomas Wiesler Zandt. Photo by Rob Valley.
From left to right Clara Wiesler, Peter Johnson (JP), Ellie Wiesler, Michael Van Zandt, Anna Marie Pyle, Nathan Van Zandt, Thomas Wiesler.

Michael Van Zandt and Anna Marie Pyle together with their 4 children, are frequent hikers in exploring Connecticut and parts of New Hampshire. One particular favorite spot is the overlook above Lost Lake in Westwoods and on January 2, Michael and Anna together with their family returned to exchange marriage vows before Peter Johnson, Justice of the Peace and Westwoods Committee volunteer. [Read more…]

Guilford land trust honors open space protector

The New Haven Register recently published an article regarding the launch of the Carolie Evans Stewardship Endowment Fund.

A (Guilford) resident hailed as the “matriarch of open space” in town is being honored with a land endowment that was recently launched in her name.

Carolie Evans is known for her extensive work on land committees over the past few decades and said she was “thrilled” that the Guilford Land Conservation Trust created the Carolie Evans Stewardship Endowment. Developing an endowment had been a long-term goal of hers, she said.

“We’re very good at fundraising and taking care of the properties, but we really needed to establish a stewardship fund that would be there forever,” she said, adding she was “deeply honored” the fund was named after her.

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